By Richard J. Howarth
Frank Coles Phillips was once a petrographer, mineralogist and structural petrologist operating in the course of the 20 th century. He used to be very influential, either within the united kingdom and in a foreign country and used to be answerable for encouraging the advance of structural geology as a self-discipline in Australia and for the adoption of the stereogram as a primary interpretational software in a structural geology within the united kingdom. He used to be a very good instructor, possibly top recognized among mineralogists and geologists of this day for his vintage textbooks, An advent to Crystallography and using Stereographic Projection in Structural Geology. Phillips used to be the 1st to use the tools of structural petrology (the examine of the microscopic cloth of deformed rock) in a try to get to the bottom of the advanced structural heritage of the Moine rocks of northwestern Scotland. His findings have been at odds with these of his contemporaries and led to the Moine petrofabrics changing into embroiled on a long-running controversy, in simple terms thoroughly resolved because the mid-1980s.
This geological biography of an significance twentieth century mineralogist and petrologist takes a severe examine Phillips' learn within the context of contemporaneous advancements in structural and Moine geology. It experiences his paintings when it comes to either prior difficulties and current strategies. it will likely be of curiosity to all geologists, in particular structural and microstructural geologists, historians of sciences and the overall reader with an curiosity in technological know-how.
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